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moves closer and closer to the brink of that fiscal cliff with passive tax hikes set to automatically kick in. they are trying to come up with a last minute compromise. president said any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment benefits affecting some 2 million americans. it would also have to increase taxes on the highest income earners. >> just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top two percent of americans won't even pay one-third of the annual interest that's now owed on the massive $16 trillion debt. >>> the house returns tonight just one day before a deal needs to be reached. it's likely negotiators will be burning the midnight oil as the clock ticks down to 2013. there will be a lot more on the fiscal cliff coming up this morning on abc's "this week." charles summer of new york and republican senator john kyle of arizona debate the last-minute efforts. that's coming up at 8:00 this
!íÑu congress to keep the country from plunging over the fiscal cliff, deadline midnight eastern time when the new year begins. senate democratic leaders stuck in a stalemate. senate leaders have called in vice president biden to try and jumpstart an ice breaker before higher taxes and deep cuts. the senate recon convenience 8:00 our time, stay tuned. -- we'll have the latest in 30 minutes. >>> leaders in the house and senate reached a deal on one thing, they'vekn%ñ agreed to extend the 2008 farm bill for one more year that expired in october. thistvp' means milk prices could have doubled to $7 a gallon next month. the deal prevents the government from returning to a prices. some call this the dairy cliff that now we are not going to have to fall off. >>> the notorious party night of new year's eve is hours away. law enforcement has already been cracking down on drunk drivers. chp arrested 123 people for dui over the weekend in the bay area that. number is down from the same time last year, when officers busted 161 drivers. there were no fatal crashes over the past two days this time last
bickering over who is to blame for bringing the country to the edge of the year end fiscal cliff are calling on congress to get back to work thursday as soon as third christmas break is over. president obama will return from hawaii as well. gop leaders are predicting évu e new year will come out an >> reporter: some republicans lawmakers say president obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff. >> we were gonna go over the cliff before, and now because it is what the president wants you cannot negotiate with someone who does not want to negotiate. >> reporter: boehner failed to get votes thursday, friday boehner and the president left town with no deal, each making a parting pitch. >> the president: i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that spreads tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for two million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on growth and deficient the city reduction. >> president's solution of raising tax rates could be red ink for as far as the eye can see. >> reporter: the partisan bickering has put th
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